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THE World University Rankings 2013

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-13 are out The final ranking of the season is now available from THE. The top 20 looks like this: 1 California Institute of Technology (1) =2 Oxford University (4) =2 Stanford University (2=) 
4 Harvard (2=) 
5 MIT (7) 6 Princeton (5) 7 Cambridge (6) 
8 Imperial …

Just a bit of fun – it’s the table of tables

Table of Tables Back in June Times Higher Education published its annual table of tables. Essentially it’s a bit of a cheat in that it simply uses the results of the three domestic league tables to derive a score (the Sunday Times table, which isn’t published until August or September, is ignored). As Peter Snow used to …

Exciting new league table: 30 under six!

The 30 Universities making their names count Following the outstanding success of the ‘100 under 50’ ranking in the Times Higher Education (a ranking which acknowledged that some universities didn’t enjoy all the advantages that hanging around for a couple of centuries or more bestowed in terms of league table performance) it seemed that it …

European Union university ranking plan: the sector holds its breath

Latest news on the most eagerly awaited league table A post just over a year ago noted the development of a new EU ranking method. Now University World News carries a piece about the European Union defying criticism of its university ranking plan. Speaking at a rankings event in April Jordi Curell, director of lifelong …

Pride & Prejudices: Problems with National & International League Tables

Presentation from AUA Conference 2012 Thank you to all who attended this session on 3 April 2012 As promised, here is the presentation:     As mentioned at the presentation, this will be the last time I deliver this session at AUA conference. I’ve done it too many times but the main reason is that …

On Meaningful University Collaboration

Collaboration Theory and Practice There’s an exciting new HEFCE report out on the lessons learned from collaborations, alliances and mergers. It has also resulted in an exciting new acronym, CAM. In these austere times it’s good to know that we are still able to produce good acronyms. The report, available here, is also a consultation …

Why Students’ Unions Matter

Students’ unions are important for many reasons I’ve got a piece in the Times Higher Education about some of the reasons I think students’ unions are important: Students’ unions have a long and distinctive history in UK higher education, but their character has changed significantly in the past decade. While they have always been concerned …

Too much data?

Will more data help prospective students? Richard Partington, writing in THE, expresses concern about the ‘data overload’ which the Key Information Set (KIS) will deliver. He notes that the provision of information to applicants via the KIS is intended to work in a similar way to price comparison websites such as those offering car insurance. …

Branch campuses: cut or grow?

Contrasting views of the right direction for internationalisation A recent piece in the Times Higher covered a report from the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education on what looks like something of a retrenchment in institutions’ international activities: Opened with great fanfare in the 1990s and 2000s, international branch campuses such as Suffolk’s – which Du …

International Leadership Conference: Managing Global Universities

Last week saw the second International Leadership Conference at the University of Nottingham. Building on the success of the inaugural event held in China in November 2010, the 2011 event took place at The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, 30km from Kuala Lumpur. This intensive four day programme is designed for senior managers and leaders …